Imaging Services


iCON buys Alliance Medical

The longstanding bidding war for pan-European diagnostic firm Alliance Medical Group is over, with iCON Infrastructure confirmed as the new buyer. The £910m deal ends months of speculation. HBI asks a UK-based consultant what this means for the market.

Alliance Medical sale “imminent”

HBI hears that the longstanding sale of UK diagnostic firm Alliance Medical Group is imminent, with two bidders left in the process and pan-European operator Affidea tipped to be the front-runner. We speak to three market experts to find out more about the deal which is being valued at around $800m-$1bn.

Private pay: Rising – but not as fast as you think

Data from the Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) shows the self-pay bubble in the UK seems to have reached its peak. While private pay admissions are still rising across the country, self-pay is out while private medical insurance (PMI) is in.

Counting the Cost: The impact of inflation on Europe’s health care market

What impact has the high inflation of the past 18 months had on growth in Europe’s health care market? Have for-profit operators been able to pass on cost increases to payors? And have patients paying out of pocket, in the face of rising prices and squeezed budgets, cut back at all? In this first instalment to answer these questions, we focus on the for-profit hospital, imaging and nursing home sectors in the UK, France and Germany.

See the Global Top 50 by Market Cap

Who are the Global Top 50 Health Care Service Companies by market cap and what does this tell us about the industry? What is striking is how very few of the top 50 are now EMEA companies - just 13, and of those only four are headquartered in Europe, rather than the Middle East or South Africa. 

Two Southeast Asian groups up for sale and an Indian group to IPO

In contrast to Europe, South and Southeast Asia are continuing to see significant deal activity. HBI hears that SAFE Fertility Group, one of Thailand’s largest IVF providers, and Qualitas Medical Group, a primary care chain with practices across Malaysia, Singapore and Australia, are up for sale. On top of this, Agilus Diagnostics, one of India’s largest labs groups, is set to IPO.

UK Government turns to for-profits to bust backlog

The UK independent sector is gearing up for an explosion in backlog-busting public outsourcing. The for-profit hospital, ophthalmology and imaging markets in particular look set for a significant boost according to wide-reaching government plans announced today (January 4). 

Spire boosts its imaging capabilities

Spire Healthcare, the UK’s largest for-profit hospital group, has extended its control over the patient journey with a new state-of-the-art MRI scanner worth £500,000.

HBI 2023: Healthcare Data and the Emergence of Artificial Intelligence: What’s Next?

The hype around artificial intelligence may have reached a new high, but the tools certainly aren’t recent. At HBI 2023, L.E.K. Consulting’s digital health lead Klaus Boehncke and L.E.K. partner Guillaume Duparc shared their perspectives on concerns around privacy and the adoption of AI, as well as advice on how to leverage data effectively.

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